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U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Golden Corral Franchisee to Pay $85,000 to Settle EEOC Disability and Sex Harassment Lawsuit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Jul 18, 2018

Jax, LLC, which operates a Golden Corral restaurant in Matthews, N.C., has agreed to pay $85,000 and provide other relief to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Bondi Takes Legal Action Against Group Travel Sales Scammers

By Florida Office of the Attorney General | Jul 18, 2018

Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a court action against Harmony International Tours, LLC and its owners, Bradley R. Matheson and Margaret L. Matheson.

STATE OF ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF LAW OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: State Can Continue Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturer

By Alaska Attorney General | Jul 18, 2018

State of Alaska Department of Law Office of the Attorney General issued the following announcement on July 12.Alaska’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, LLC for its role in the opioid crisis passed its first legal hurdle today.

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU: Bureau Settles With National Credit Adjusters, LLC and Bradley Hochstein

By Consumer Financial Protection Bureau | Jul 18, 2018

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) announced a settlement with National Credit Adjusters, LLC (NCA), a privately-held company headquartered in Hutchinson, Kansas, and its former CEO and part-owner, Bradley Hochstein.

U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: EEOC Sues Lafayette Schools’ Federal Credit Union for Retaliation

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Jul 18, 2018

Lafayette Schools' Federal Credit Union unlawfully fired its only African-American branch manager because she opposed - and assisted another black employee in opposing - its use of a racially offensive video during a training session, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed.

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: Former CEO and CFO of ITT Barred and Ordered to Pay Penalties

By U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | Jul 15, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settlements with two former senior executives of ITT Educational Services Inc., which the SEC charged hid its true financial condition from investors.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC Wins $5.2 Million Judgment against Defendants Who Tricked Consumers with Ads for Non-existent Rental Properties and 'Free' Credit Reports

By U.S. Federal Trade Commission | Jul 15, 2018

A federal judge has ordered Credit Bureau Center, LLC and its owner, Michael Brown, to pay more than $5.2 million to return to consumers, to resolve FTC charges that they deceived people with fake rental property ads and deceptive promises of “free” credit reports, and then tricked them into enrolling into a costly monthly credit monitoring service.

HAWAII ATTORNEY GENERAL: State's case against Ciber, Inc. insurers will proceed in Hawaii

By Hawaii Attorney General | Jul 15, 2018

HDOT has already received $11 million on its claim against Ciber, Inc., and seeks additional compensation from Ciber’s insurers.

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: SEC Charges Credit Suisse With FCPA Violations

By U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | Jul 15, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Credit Suisse Group AG will pay approximately $30 million to resolve SEC charges that it obtained investment banking business in the Asia-Pacific region by corruptly influencing foreign officials in violation of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

UNITED STATES EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: TrueCore Behavioral Solutions to Pay $38,000 To Settle EEOC Equal Pay and Title VII Lawsuit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Jul 15, 2018

TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, a manager of programs and services at a juvenile correction facility in Alexander, Ark., will pay $38,000 as part of the settlement of a sex pay discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

UNITED STATES EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Car Wash Headquarters to Pay $225,000 to Settle EEOC Class Race Discrimination Lawsuit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Jul 15, 2018

Car Wash Headquarters, doing business as Mister Car Wash and Mister Hotshine has agreed to pay $225,000 in lost wages and damages to settle a race discrimination suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: Operator and Corporate Associate of Business Coaching Scheme Settle with FTC

By U.S. Federal Trade Commission | Jul 15, 2018

An officer of the Digital Altitude scheme that falsely claimed it would enable people to earn substantial income online, and a company it used to process consumers’ credit card payments, are banned from selling business coaching programs and investment opportunities under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission.

GEORGIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Carr: Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Participates in National Healthcare Fraud Takedown

By Georgia Office of the Attorney General | Jul 7, 2018

The United States Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services just announced the largest ever healthcare fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 601 charged defendants and more than $2 billion.

TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT: New rates for counsel representing indigent defendants and families

By Tennessee Supreme Court | Jul 7, 2018

For the first time in over 20 years, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ordered an increase in the amount paid to lawyers representing indigent parties in criminal and child welfare cases.

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: SEC Charges Morgan Stanley in Connection With Failure to Detect or Prevent Misappropriation of Client Funds

By U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | Jul 7, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (MSSB) has agreed to pay a $3.6 million penalty and to accept certain undertakings for its failure to protect against its personnel misusing or misappropriating funds from client accounts.

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Justice Department, EPA Reach Settlement with MFA Incorporated and MFA Enterprises Incorporated to Address Alleged Chemical Accident Prevention Violations

By U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Jul 7, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have entered into a consent decree with MFA Incorporated, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, and its wholly owned subsidiary MFA Enterprises, Incorporated (collectively, “MFA”), to address alleged chemical accident prevention and preparedness violations under the Risk Management Program of the Clean Air Act.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: California Company Settles FTC Charges Related to Privacy Shield Participation

By U.S. Federal Trade Commission | Jul 7, 2018

A California company has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it falsely claimed it was in the process of being certified as complying with the EU-U.S.

UNITED STATES EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: LA Louisanne Restaurant Settles EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit For $82,500

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Jul 7, 2018

LA Louisanne, Inc., a Los Angeles restaurant and jazz night club, will pay $82,500 and furnish other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: Michigan Ski Resort to Pay $60,500 in back wages and penalties for violations of foreign visa program and child labor laws

By U.S. Department of Labor | Jul 7, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor has found Michigan ski resort Ski Brule Inc. in violation of the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program and the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) after an investigation by the Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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